Two figures from very different worlds, yet they as much as anyone, grasp the power of grace:
“We must not drift away from the humble works, because these are the works nobody will do. It is never too small. We are so small and we look at things in a small way. But God, being Almighty, sees everything great. Therefore, even if you write a letter for a blind man or you just go and listen, or you take the mail for him, or you visit somebody or bring a flower to somebody − small things − or wash clothes for somebody, or clean the house − very humble work − that is where you and I must be. For there are many people who can do big things, but there are very few people who will do small things.”
− Mother Teresa
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will certainly be wrung and probably be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully around with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the coffin or casket of your selfishness. But in that casket − safe, dark, motionless, airless − it will change. It will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The only place outside heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is hell.”
− C.S. Lewis
Reprinted from Grace Drops, Volume 7 (2009).